Catherine Asquith Art Advisory
Criss Canning, born in Melbourne in 1947, is one of Australia's leading still life artists. Her rich strong paintings are unmistakably her own. Incredibly accomplished technically, her work is sumptuous in colour, complex in design and sensuous in effect. Canning's paintings repay careful and repeated viewing. Each brushstroke is lovingly and lusciously applied. The objects in her work, the flowers, ceramics, trays and fabrics are arranged and rearranged until a wonderful balance and harmony is achieved. Only then does Canning put paint to canvas.
Criss Canning has her studio in an 1860s farm house in the farming district of Ascot, north of Ballarat where she lives with her husband, David Glenn owner of Lambley Nursery. Together they have created an internationally renowned garden. Plant material from the garden is a major inspiration in her paintings. Canning’s brave and exciting use of colour, her beautiful brushwork and her meticulous compositions are much loved by those collectors who have bought her paintings over the last 40 years or so.
Criss Canning has held seventeen one woman exhibitions at leading art galleries, (most of them sell out shows) in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane as well as exhibiting in numerous group shows both in Australia and overseas. Canning is represented in the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery and major private collections both in Australia and overseas.
A 2007 major retrospective of Criss Canning’s work at the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery broke all records with 22,700 visitors to the exhibition. The retrospective moved to the Mornington Peninsula regional Art Gallery where again there was a terrific response. The exhibition was viewed by over 40,000 people in total.
Criss Canning is represented at the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery and the Castlemaine Art Gallery. Canning’s work can be found in collections in London, Paris, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, USA, Indonesia, Singapore and New Zealand.